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tv   Political Capital With Al Hunt  Bloomberg  February 28, 2014 9:00pm-9:31pm EST

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>> congressman john dingell and his years in congress. the ukraine debacle, and debates thelson political pull of bill clinton. >> we begin the program with a member ofrving congress ever. served with 11 presidents and 10 students -- 11 presidents. it is a privilege to have john
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dingell. thank you for being here. >> god bless you. you still call me john. >> you have revered the institution. what reforms would you make? the nasty partisanship. it shouldn't be that way. the congress means the coming together. the assemblage of the american people. business has been moved into the office of the speaker. newt gingrich started that. the thenontrol over congress. they had the control they wanted place they wanted.
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>> you would return that? >> you bet i would. but with the money in politics, the 24 hourver -- news cycle, do you worry that rather than a temporary cycle, this may be a condition for a long time? >> i am afraid that it is so. i am very much afraid that the congress will never be able to go back. you mentioned the other problems we have. 24-hour news cycle. the difficulty in getting the business of the congress done under those conditions. and, the tremendous difficulty that we have with the fact that members are no longer oriented towards washington. >> you have served with 11 presidents. which was the best political leader?
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>> i have to tell you, the best political leader that i served lyndon johnson. i think him however, probably i knowt president that was our great president roosevelt or truman. >> you have been a supporter of president obama. he is governing in a difficult environment. is there one or two lessons he could learn from those radius presidencies? previous presidencies? >> he is trying hard. he has an awful situation.
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the republican party is terribly divided. it is terribly divided, so they spend much of their time fighting each other. to mess't have the time with democrats. >> there is not much he can do? >> he is trying. i think the staff that he has is good. but, they are not doing enough to get close to the congress. they are doing better. it is going to take a long time to get over and get past that point. , the taskke too long -- there is no task remaining until he is out of the door. >> you have said your favorite speaker was sam rayburn.
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a few questions. tip o'neill. >> a wonderful guy. everybody loved him. both republicans, democrats. was a good speaker. another irishman was a great one. john mccormick. of rayburn.rotége mentor of tip o'neill. succession.derful understood how the place should work and how people could work together. >> on the other side, newt gingrich. >> newt gingrich is a friend of mine. there are very few men or women
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in the house with whom i have served that i do not call a friend. to came in chairman to remake the house, remake the congress. he did. a lot of the troubles were the things that he did that were not needed to be done. moved all ofs a the authority of power into the office of the speaker. it doesn't work. >> how about nancy pelosi? >> nancy is probably one of the most effective speakers. is, i think, not only able but she cares. she has been effective in getting things done. i think it is unfortunate that a lot of the things that have been
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done by the congress under her leadership have not been done the way that the house works, or should work. carriedlt was that she forward a lot of the things that should have been done differently prior to gingrich. >> you were an extraordinary legislator. let's leave aside john dingell for a little bit. legislatorstwo struck you as a great legislator? >> george mitchell. , capablee great compromisers. no longer much remembered. but beloved of mine. you have said over the past
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plus years, no one has mattered more to you than your wife. be an advisorto to the next congressman dingell? >> i'm going to wait to see what the next congressman dingell wants me to do. i'm going to be her constituent. that is a remarkable position to be in. deborah is smart. she has lots of experience in government. and in the house. knows how to make things happen. she will be a great congressman with no help from me. she is going to be a little giant. a lot smoother and more gracious.
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>> i really disagree with you. that she will be just like john dingell. thank you very much. best of luck to you. >> i have been honored to be with you. it has been wonderful. i have done a lot of wonderful things and met a lot of wonderful people. saw to it that a lot of people were helped. it has been a remarkable career. >> it has been. thank you. when we return, a new tax reform plan. ♪
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>> welcome back. we are joined by kevin brady of texas. the ranking republican member on house ways and means. ,ave camp, with your support there is any chance the housewives live vote on it this year. >> i don't know the timing on a vote. the timing to lay down the track is long overdue. it is dragging our economy down. it is unfair. someone sometime had to lay down that first top to bottom rewrite. an he have done and a
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admirable way. is there any chance the house will vote on it? >> i think it depends upon how it moves. the members in our conference are very interested in fixing this broken thing. >> doesn't this proposal set the tax onr any subsequent wealthy banks? that has to be a part of any future package. >> this is important because it takes a big step. withave the conversation specifics on the tax code. again, it really is how this is received. how groups weigh in. how members feel about it. at the end of the day we want tax
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this is an important step. >> the bank tax. people said it never happened. they are so powerful. they will never let that happen. , they start with a 30% rate cut. $3 trillionith a stronger economy. they start with -- >> you think it is good for them? >> you look at the whole package. this has much more benefit, especially as banks are laying off thousands of workers because of this disappointing economy. >> will small bank support this? >> i don't know. take a look at the whole package. the economic growth. the impact on customers. we are listening, bring those ideas, let's have the discussion. >> grover norquist says he has
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would hamstring capital investment and damage economic growth over the long run. why is he wrong? >> i have not her -- i have not heard that point there. he has keen insight on tax issues. i think i sit will find the code, reducing those rates in a major way, we know this will grow the economy. we believe it will draw more capital to the united states. >> let me give you another critique. it is presented as revenue neutral. this is the committee for a responsible government. it is bipartisan. it praises hard to that. it relies on one-time revenue sources and timing shifts to pay for permanent rate cuts. it could increase deficits in the second decade. >> i think it will be the opposite. it will generate more revenue.
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add $700 billion in new revenues to help us pay down the debt. cuts can getending us to a balanced budget. >> you think by the second decade it will raise revenues because of the dynamics. >> in the first decade. >> you drew a parallel to the 1986 tax reform under president reagan. one of the differences is that under that measure, the earned income tax credit for the poor was vastly expanded. under this proposal it would be cut back. ofoman making a minimum wage $17,000, she will lose $2000 in 4-5 years. should the poor have to pay the burden? >> they do not. everyone making up to $100,000 sees a tax cut. and, average family takes home
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-- >> that is cut back a little bit. >> it is not. in my view, it was supposed to offset the payroll tax. unfortunately it has gone beyond that. it is refocus back on making sure p road taxes are offset. more families have that opportunity, and it is a create that poverty trap where the harder you work, the more you are punished. i think it is a smarter way of helping people, and encouraging employees to be hired. >> chairman camp is term limited. u.n. paul ryan had expressed interest in being the next chairman of the ways and means committee. paul ryan has the inside track. he is better known. he can raise money. is that true? >> he is a terrific leader. a good friend. the point is, i'm qualified and
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prepared to lead this committee. case tog to make that my colleagues. this is about ideas and how we can move tax reform forward. it is good to have it. >> what we are prospects be? >> i will be in position to lead the committee. >> you think you were going to get it. >> hopefully we are going to present to the choices to our colleagues. >> thank you for being with us. coming up, unease in the ukraine. and the clintons look to the future. we will be back.
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>> welcome back. we will get to margaret carlson a moment. first, the latest from the ukraine. what are the odds that putin goes into the ukraine? >> the odds are fairly good. all it takes is for somebody to say we need help. the old term was fraternal assistance. herentelligence assessment is bleaker than what you're hearing in public. putintill assess that sees this as a continuation of the cold war, a chance to reverse was started in 1991. ,> our notion is to play nice who doesn't like to play nice.
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>> he doesn't see the world the same way the folks in the west do. >> when you look at key yet, whatever happens there, the ukrainians need a lot of money. a lot of it is going to have to come from the imf. they impose conditions. an't it likely to make political situation even worse? >> there is one way to mitigate the a little bit. give them some money up front. they need $3.5 billion to get to the end of march. you could do that without those conditions. then, have the conditions tightened as time goes by. then get more money. withon't have to start out hitting them with conditions on day one. that is with the eu and imf are talking about. >> i think it is universally he was a crooked dog. there are not any jeffersonian
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democrats in the wings. there is a leadership problem. >> there is no hero stepping onto the stage. he was let out of prison. he doesn't have a completely clean record either. there is no one but you can simply turn to and say it is your turn. >> you have the unfortunate habit of being right. i hope you are wrong this time. caleb be a scary proposition. >> i hope i am wrong to. -- too. >> the author of the upside of down. i'm hugely successful. >> congratulations. .et me start bill clinton goes to kentucky to champion the candidate running against mitch mcconnell. can he make a difference?
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>> it is better than having obama going. i am not sure that this is that over the top. it is a tough state for the democratic party. >> if anyone could pull them across the finish line, it is bill clinton. he is incredibly popular. he filled the hall for her. gives themes in, he best speech of his life every time he gives a speech. >> it's amazing. >> you don't have to compare to obama for it to be good. the only person bill clinton is not good for is hillary clinton. he needs to stay out. in 2012 he did not do such a good job by her. bubba carriedt, it both times.
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-- >> the cbo found it would lose $5,000 -- 500,000 jobs. then it would increase the spending power. a restore something that has been lost. if you work in this country, you can get ahead. this is not the way it is now. a minimumning a wage. people can do it. >> right now, and this labor market, the worst that can happen to you in a modern society is to be out of work. even 500,000 is a lot of people to put out of work and into this terrible condition. the incomedoes raise of poor families.
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i don't think this is a good time for this. i would like us to see us exploring federal alternatives like wage subsidies while not taking them out of the labor force. >> you could do a payroll tax rebate. there are a lot of ideas out there. i don't think this is the right one. >> is the book going well? >> it is going pretty well. there is a whole chapter on employment. very timely. >> thank you all very much. thank you. we will see you again on next week. political capital" is a production of bloomberg television. ♪
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